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Carmen March presents her SS19 collection in Paris

Carmen March presented her Spring / Summer 2019 collection in Paris. A proposal inspired by the evocative vitality of surfing, the aesthetics of the Spanish tradition of bullfighting and the haute couture of the mid 80’s at the beginning of the 90’s.

The spring / summer silhouette proposed by the designer is very versatile, with corsets, short jackets, dresses, high waist pants and jump suits that stylize the female figure. The sensation of being on the waves, near the beach, is showcased through soft designs such as tie-dye dresses and mini-dresses in body format that recall the fit of a neoprene suit.

The sartorial art of sewing bullfighting costume can also be seen in high-waist trousers without darts, created in the same tones that are used for bullfighting capes: black, pink, yellow and vermilion. In addition, the reinforced stitching of some garments reinterprets the decorative threads in the capes themselves, as well as the shiny gold bodice that pays homage to those bullfighting custom pieces woven with metal to reflect and disperse the sun.

Finally, haute couture by Christian Lacroix’s, Yves Saint Laurent and Cristóbal Balenciaga, has played an important role in the synthesis of the designer’s vision. In this last collection, it can be seen in the details and structured forms, such as white polka dots hand painted on voluminous black transparent pieces.

The fabrics used aim to combine the classic with the contemporary. The ultra-fine madroños and taffeta, which is one of the creator’s favourite materials, have been used to create folds of flamenco inspiration.

Carmen March begins her career collaborating with fashion brands such as Duyos & Paniagua and Javier Larrainzar. In 2009 she opened her own store in Madrid with her first prêt-à-porter and accessories collections and that same year she showed in New York Fashion Week. Between 2012 and 2015 she was creative director for Pedro del Hierro Madrid and in 2016 she re-launched her homonymous signature brand.